About Your Threads
Owner & Curator of Your Threads
A note from Jane:
Hello artists, creatives and art enthusiasts! My name is Jane McKenzie and I'm the founder and creator of Your Threads online art community. I wanted to created an online space where creatives can gather and be inspired by each other. Your Threads' purpose is to inspire, celebrate and represent you as the imaginative and artistic individual that you are. With the artist in mind, I have designed and created a shirt collection specifically for creatives. Your Threads also features artists who create in a variety of mediums. They have graciously shared their artistic life stories with us and give us a deeper look into their art and their daily life as an artist. Discover our Featured Artists here.
Thank you so much for being here. This passion project has been a work in progress for many years and I am thrilled to share it with you. I wake up everyday excited to meet new artists like you and to share your creativity with the world.
About the Owner, Jane McKenzie
Jane has been an artist her whole life and works in a variety mediums. She comes from a family linage of artisans that include carpenters, miniature home makers, tool and die makers, photographers and seamstresses. Jane loves to create in any medium that inspires her and is always up for taking an art class and learning a new medium and skill.
Jane graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Art Education specializing in ceramics and sculpture. She was an elementary teacher for nine years in the Chicago suburbs and loved working with her students. In 2016, while on vacation in Melbourne, Australia, Jane volunteered at a screen printing class at Handmaker's Factory art studio. When she was back in the US, she took a screen printing class at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois. There she learned about burning images into screens and printing onto fabric. She was inspired by the process of making many copies of one design onto an endless amount of shirts and materials.
In 2018 Jane was reading Art group conversations on social media, when she realized that there was a need for apparel for art teachers and artists to wear. This was a lightbulb moment and she immediately took a notebook out and drew ideas for art t-shirt designs. She collaborated with artists to make the first two designs but soon realized she had an interest in graphic design and decided to learn about graphic arts. With the encouragement of her partner Adam (who is a photographer & documentary filmmaker), she bought an ipad, apple pencil and the procreate app. Youtube became her teacher and through the years she has continued to create the designs that have become Your Threads apparel. In the fall of 2020, Jane officially released Your Threads out into the world and is excited every day to have the opportunity to work and connect with artists online.
Jane has always enjoyed talking to other artists about their art making processes. She found herself following artists on instagram, pouring over their work and wondering about how their art style developed, what steps they took to create their artwork and what their art studios looked like. Jane reached out to these artists and started interviewing them through email. She researches them, learns about their art and caters the interview to who they are as artists. You will see these artists featured on this website as well as social media. Jane is honored to share their stories with you. Click here to learn more about featured artists. Your Threads online community also shares recommended podcasts and additional resources for artists, art educators, creatives and art entrepreneurs on this site as well as on social media. Please join the community through facebook or instagram!
The name Your Threads has three meanings:
One: The idea was born reading the "threads" of artists and art teachers on social media.
Two: The threads of your story that you weave throughout your creative life.
Three: The physical threads that the shirt is made with that represent you as an artist.
It was also very important that Your Threads produces goods that are friendly to the earth. The graphic images on shirts are printed on 100% cotton in the United States with eco-friendly water based inks. We are a part of the eco packaging alliance so all of our items ship in eco-friendly packaging. Learn more by clicking the highlighted link. Browse our Etsy shop by clicking this link.
This has been my personal art project, years in the making and it is very exciting to share it with you, the artists that Your Threads inspired! Thank you for being here!